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Reviews:
The Altman Code by Gayle Lynds
The Art World Dream by Eric Rudd
The Autobiography of Malcolm X retold by Alex Haley
Bare by Elisabeth Eaves
Being Committed by Anna Maxted
Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K Dick
Giorgio by Anita Benarde
GIS: Socioeconimic Applications by David Martin
Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Headache Relief for Women by Alan M. Rapoport and Fred D. Sheftell
Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters
The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton
Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann
Mrs. P's Journey by Sarah Hartley
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Sacred Flowers by Roni Jay
Sacred Symbols: Ancient Egypt by Thames & Hudson
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Spooky California by S. E. Schlosser
Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Ward No. Six by Anton Chekov

Miscellaneous
Baby Teeth and Eating
Dinner with Sean
Eight Facts About Me
Eight Months Old
Happy Monkey's Day
Harriet at 8 1/2 Months
Heat Wave
Ian's Teeth
Maxine Runs Cold
Maxine Runs Hot
New Jeans
New Postal Rates
No Swimming and Other Stuff
Swimming
Swimming Again
Toast
The Wooden Spoon

Vacation
Traffic
South Pasadena

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Trapped in Death Cave

Trapped in Death CaveTrapped in Death Cave: 05/23/07

Trapped in Death Cave is another book I got from the now defunct book relay site. It was published when I was in elementary school and had I heard of the book back then I would have enjoyed it because I was into books like The Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden.

Trapped in Death Cave does have some entertaining adventure scenes in the second half but the first half takes too long to establish the story. The first couple chapters languish over the retelling of a legend that while key to the plot doesn't need to be told in the excruciating detail that it is.

My favorite part of the book though is Mrs. Becker. She is introduced as the typical children's horror story witch but she is allowed to flesh out. She's a well needed adult figure to help the protagonists out of their trouble but she's also fun. She reminds me of what Pippi Longstocking would be like as a grownup.

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Comment #1: Friday, May, 25, 2007 at 02:53:31

Michelle

I loved Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew and all mysteries. I'm still a big fan."